- 9 days/8 nights
- 8 nights first class accommodations
- Daily escorted motor coach touring
- Travel by train through gorges, river valleys and across Southern Alps
- Safari boat cruise along Haast River
- Red Boat cruise into Milford Sound via Lake Wakatipu to Fiorland National Park
- Visit Moeraki Beach boulders by Dunedin
- 15 meals; 8 Breakfasts, 7 Dinners
- Rountrip airport transfers
EXCITING ESCORTED TOUR OF NEW ZEALAND’S SOUTH ISLAND
Focusing on the South Island, the Southern Tourer is an in-depth look at this beautiful part of New Zealand. Enjoy two nights in Christchurch, Queenstown and stay in off-the-beaten-track locations such as Franz Josef and Mt Cook National Park. Enjoy a choice of activities with Exclusive Experiences in Queenstown, Christchurch and Dunedin.
Day 1: Arrive Christchurch Day 2: TranzAlpine Train, Franz Josef Day 3: Franz Josef, Queenstown, Dine Around Dinner Day 4: Queenstown, freedom of choice touring Day 5: Milford Sound, Te Anau Day 6: Te Anau, Dunedin, freedom on choice touring Day 7: Dunedin, Mt. Cook Day 8: Mt. Cook, Christchurch Day 9: Depart Christchurch, freedom of choice touring
You will be met on arrival and transferred to your centrally located hotel. Enjoy the rest of today at leisure in the Garden City.
Stay: Christchurch, Copthorne Central Hotel.
This morning board the award winning TranzAlpine Train for a journey renowned as New Zealand’s “Great Rail Journey.” Enjoy stunning scenery as we travel through spectacular gorges, river valleys and across the magnificent Southern Alps. Disembark at Arthurs Pass and continue to Hokitika by coach. Travel to Franz Josef this evening.
Stay: Franz Josef Glacier Hotel.
Enjoy a day of scenery as we travel along the Haast River by safari boat, capturing breathtaking views of the massive, glacier formed Haast River Valley. Rejoin our coach and continue to Queenstown. This evening, you have a choice of four dining experiences.
Two Night Stay: Queenstown, Novotel Gardens Hotel.
Today we have a selection of activities for you to choose from and we will include it! Perhaps join a tour through some of Queenstown’s gardens, take a jetboat ride, or a Double Decker tour around Queenstown. Adventure Options also available.
Today we follow the Remarkables Mountain Range and trace the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Fiordland National Park. Travel through the Homer Tunnel and arrive in Milford Sound to be met by Mitre Peak rising sheer from the glassy waters. We board our Red Boat cruise and journey the full length of this beautiful fiord. This afternoon we arrive in Te Anau.
Stay: Te Anau, Village Inn.
Leaving the dramatic landscape of the Fiordland region we journey through rolling Southland countryside. Travel via the rural support towns of Lumsden, Gore and Balclutha to the city of Dunedin. This afternoon you choose an activity and we will include it.
Stay: Dunedin City Hotel.
Today we journey north along the coast to view the unique Moeraki Beach boulders. We turn inland and travel past the beautiful azure coloured man made lakes of Pukaki, Aviemore and Benmore to Mt Cook.
Stay: Mt Cook, The Hermitage.
You may wish to take an optional scenic flight over this awe inspiring alpine region (own expense). Visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd before leaving the High Country. Cross the Rakaia River and Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.
Stay: Christchurch, Copthorne Central Hotel.
Today you choose the activity and we will include it! Adventure Options also available. After your sightseeing a transfer to the airport is included.
Day 1: Arrive Christchurch
Day 2: TranzAlpine Train, Franz Josef
Day 3: Franz Josef, Queenstown, Dine Around Dinner
Day 4: Queenstown, freedom of choice touring
Day 5: Milford Sound, Te Anau
Day 6: Te Anau, Dunedin, freedom on choice touring
Day 7: Dunedin, Mt. Cook
Day 8: Mt. Cook, Christchurch
Day 9: Depart Christchurch, freedom of choice touring
Pricing & Departures
|Dec 27, 2015||$3,045|
|Jan 5, 14, 21, 24; Feb 21, 25; Mar 1, 6, 13, 20, 24; Apr 17, 24, 28, 2016||$3,045|
Airfare is not included. Prices are per person based on double occupancy; subject to availability.
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